2017 July

Expatriate demand behind Etihad Dreamliner deployment to Beirut

Etihad Airways this week introduced the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner on its scheduled daily service between Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE)

Air New Zealand releases investor update for Jun-2017

Air New Zealand released (31-Jul-2017) its Monthly Investor Update for Jun-2017 as follows: Passengers: 1,357,000, +8.3% year-on-year; Short haul: +9.3%; Domestic: +9.4%; Tasman/Pacific: +9.2%; Long haul:

Virgin Australia plans to add two mainland China routes

Virgin Australia CEO John Borghetti said the carrier aims to add two routes to mainland China, noting that the carrier has a five year plan of expansion

Government of Western Australia: Tunnelling begins for rail link to airport

Western Australia Government announced (30-Jul-2017) tunnelling has begun on the 8km rail link connecting the CBD to the airport. The Forrestfield-Airport Link will be comprised twin rail

Qantas urges passengers to arrive two hours early due to new security measures

Qantas, via its official website, confirmed (30-Jul-2017) additional security screening at Australian domestic and international airports by the Australian Government may impact services. Qantas recommended passengers arrive

Qantas to phase out potentially toxic firefighting foam

Qantas confirmed it will stop using potentially toxic firefighting foam in Australia after a spill in the Brisbane River in April-2017 (ABC, 28-Jul-2017). As previously reported by CAPA, on

Fiji Airways responds to continued Fiji-India visitor growth

Fiji is stepping up efforts to attract visitors from India, which has emerged as the island’s fastest growing source market. Indian visitor numbers to Fiji

Australia raises security measures at major airports following counter terrorism raids in Sydney

Australia‘s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull confirmed (30-Jul-2017) in relation to the counter terrorism raids in Sydney on 27-Jul-2017, additional security measures including additional checks of

Air travel ranked the most likely sector to be alienating customers

The air travel sector did more than any other to damage its reputation over the last year through poor customer service and increasing complaint levels,

Croatia Airlines’ profit potential hit by high cost structure and LCC pressure

Reports that Croatia Airlines‘ long running search for a strategic partner may be returning to the top of its agenda will once more throw the

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